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>> the fact that the white house not only confirmed it but said where it occurred and how it occurred shows that they had good intelligence. this was a sign that the strategy of the united states and its allies is beginning to work. >> a former officer under saddam
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hussein played an instrumental role. that was a big victory for the group, highlighting the iraqi army's inability or unwillingness to defend the city. isil began setting its sights on baghdad. his death won't halt isil's advance nor diminish its authority. the group remains deeply entrenched where it controls all aspects of life. >> joshua walker says despite the death, the u.s. has no long term strategy to defeat isil. >> this is a question, nobody knows how many deputies there are. there is only one top man, he has a price on his head. the fact that the white house released the name, we are making a statement like we were today from the white house, that's
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significant. but in terms of the operational capabilities as we have heard, it's hard to judge. it's a blow. it's part of the larger war in terms of being able to win the hearts and minds, to give confidence in the united states and the coalition's ability to defeat isil. the long-term strategy is still to be determined. the challenge has been who are we backing on the ground. there is a larger solution here. >> macedonian police fired stun grenades to disburse thousands of refugees. a state of emergency has declared on thursday. >> they spent a cold night in no man's land, waiting to cross the border between greece and mass don't y but their passage was block would by riot police. rocks were thrown, then this.
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smoke filling the air with police using stun grenades to try to keep people out. in the ensuing chaos, there was panic. most refugees here have escaped conflict and few would have expected this. later more frustration as numbers built up at the border. it was open for a short time and then quickly closed again. leaving the crowd desperate to be allowed through. but the heat and the crush was too much for some. tens of thousands of people have crossed through macedonia's borders heading north during the last month. too many, say authorities, who declared a state of emergency in two border regions.
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most want to try to reach serve yeah, hungary and other parts of europe. while the border is still closely guarded, many will have to stay and wait wherever they can on the greek side. >> there are hundreds of persons, children, babies, other persons with extreme vulnerabilitities. most stay in the open air. we do appeal to the greek authorities to take all necessary measures to address the humanitarian needs of the persons gathered from the borderline. >> macedonia will allow refugees to enter in number it is can cope. but the country may create a backlog. a backlog of desperate men, women and children unsure where they can go next. knowing they can't go home.
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>> around 3,000 refugees are still camped in the northern french town of calais. police will be stationed there to target people traffickers. at least ten people have died trying to cross since june. french police are questioning a gunman who open fire with an automatic weapon on a high speed train. he was overpowered by two off duty americans. the gunman was arrested when the train stopped. >> i had my eyes closed, i was dosing off. i heard the shatter of glass. and next thing i knew, there was glass in my hair and around my seat. my husband looked to see what
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caused that. and he saw a man with a very large automatic weapon. then we all ducked down immediately because we were in shock. >> the government says its top anti-terror unit is investigating the attack. >> translator: since we are having the greatest caution. we have to respect the rules. that's why i'm asking everyone to be cautious about reports about the individual being arrested. north korea has threatened to respond with force if the south doesn't stop broadcasting. both armies are on high alert after thursday. north korea's leader held an emergency meeting with his top
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military officials. he's told front line troops to be fully prepared. meanwhile, the south korean president expects an immediate response from her army. both sides remain on high alert. how tense are things on the border at the moment in. >> well, right here, not particularly. this is something of a tourist area, which might explain the sounds you hear in the background. certainly, a bit further towards the border over my shoulder, there are three villages and closer inside the dmz itself, subject to evacuation order. there are four counties in the western half of south korea up against the border where the front line village is there have been told to evacuate the residents into bomb shelters. the deadline is something, some
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confusion. it's either 5:00 p.m. here or 5:00 p.m. in pyongyang. they aren't going to stop the broadcasts. there was a land mine blast in which two soldiers were maim ready. the north korean side is saying if necessary, it will go to all out war. the situation is on the brink of war. the situation is uncontrollable. so that's the kind of language we are getting from north of the border at the moment. >> we know that north korea asked the u.n. security council to intervene. is there likely to be a diplomatic resolution to this any time soon? >> no, i think that's almost
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impossible. the united states which is south korea's main ally stands behind the approach that's been taken by south korea. that's been to really downplay and doubt the sincerity of an offer made by north korea at the same time it imposed this deadline for talks. because it hasn't accepted responsibility for the land mine blast and the initial firing by the north on thursday, it's hard to see any kind of talks to be taken seriously. what south korea is saying is if there is a strike on these loud speakers as north korea is promising, then they will be strong counterattack measures taken by south korea. its approach has been very much to respond in even greater number than any attack or provocation that comes from the north usually by a multiple of three or five times.
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if there is any kind of military action, we can expect a swept response froswiftresponse from . running dry, we explain how a drought in south africa is threatening food supplies across the region. tough economic times, while some middle brazilians are struggling to make ends meet. more on that. stay with us. the only way to get better is to challenge yourself,
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>> could normalization change cuba forever? >> i'm afraid for cuba. >> we ask cubans about their hopes and fears. >> i would love to see my business grow into a transnational company. >> welcome back. a quick reminder of the top stories. the white house says the deputy leader of isil has been killed
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in an air strike. he was second in command and in charge of operations inside iraq. french police are questioning a gunman who open fire with unautomatic gun on a train. he wounded three people. north korea threatened to attack the south. the north asked the u.n. security council to discuss the situation. it's been two years since a chemical attack on a syrian town that killed hundreds of people. the u.s. blamed president assad. >> reporter: the images of suffering were seen across the world and inside the white house. the u.s. president warned the
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government more than once that this couldn't happen. >> a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. that would change my equation. >> reporter: he said the syrian forces did this. he said they would hit with targeted strikes and wanted to get the approval of u.s. congress first. it didn't look like he could get the vote. and then this off the cuff remark that the state department called rhetorical. >> sure, he can turn over his chemical weapons, turn it over. without delay, and allow a full and total accounting before that. but he isn't about to do it and can't be done, obviously. >> with russian back it was done. even the president's own former
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cia chief said they lost credibility. >> we have to take action. it's not just syria. the rest of the world is watching, whether or not the united states will stand by its word. >> reporter: the president himself disputed that. >> the fact we didn't have to fire a missile to get that accomplished is not a failure to uphold those international norms, it's a success. >> reporter: the syrian investor believes if the u.s. launched strikes, president assad would have come to the negotiating table. >> if you look at what was happening on the ground in syria after that, october, november, december 2013, beginning of 2014, the islamic state grew in strength. that's not an accident. there are other factors involved as well. part of it was the west, led by
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the united states, lost credibility. >> reporter: two years later u.s. war planes are bombing. opposition fighters are trained to take on the islamic state. and the u.s. is once again investigating claims the assad government used chlorine gas. this time the president is not drawing red lines around that issue. to yemen where the saudi led coalition says two pilots have been killed on the border with yemen. they died when their helicopter crashed. meanwhile, the medical charity, doctors without borders, says 65 civilians have been killed. it's become the focus of fighting between houthis and government forces. turkish president is likely to call snap elections for the 1st of november. he says he will meet the parliamentary speaker on monday
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before announce can the poll date. they failed to get a simple majority in the june elections. talks with two other parties were unsuccessful. hard liners on greece's left wing are to break away and form a new party. greek media reports say 25 rebel mps will join the party, called popular unity. with an approval rating below 8%, brazil's president is the most unpopular. we report from saw pau low on how many are finding it hard to make ends meet. >> reporter: she used to be a part-time personal trainer. more for fun than out of
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necessity. but ever since her husband lost his job three years ago, she has become the sole bread winner, also selling children's clothes from home. even at discounted prices, few of her clients are buying with and she can barely make ends meet. >> i constantly have a headache. i'm tired, there is no future, no jobs, no end in sight. we had to negotiate a discount at the school. >> the story is typical of the brazilian middle class, it flourished over the past decade and now is losing its privileges. this is the biggest market. it sells just about everything at unbeatable prices. but even here, vendors are struggling. there are plenty of people, but few are buying.
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he comes from the northeast once a strong hold of the president. >> translator: i went to the protests. we need to remove her. she's sinking the country. we got many things. we canceled the internet, we don't call our parents that often, they live in another state and it's too expensive. i'm really worried. there is no end in site. it's like a monster behind the door and he does not go away. >> he plans to return to his village with his wife. life is cheaper there. they then finally hope to have a baby. all social classes are feeling the pinch. and much of the blame is on the president. >> we have problems with military dictators.
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that moment when i was 13 years, i was young, but all the time i believe in the future. but now, with the city, there isn't a future here. >> reporter: the president started a campaign powin back her people. but with so much disenchantment, hers is a struggle in which few politicians have succeeded. venezuela president has declared a state of emergency along the border with columbia. it follows the shooting of three soldiers. they plan to increase the military presence in the area. guatemala's former vice president has been detyned with links to a corruption scandal. she's been implicate in a customs kickback scheme that led to her resignation.
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prosecutors claim the president is also involved. as much as 27 million people in southern africa will need emergency food aid by the end of this year. it says one in ten people from the combined population will have to rely on food handouts. may's productions is expected to drop by 90% in some countries. the food shortage has been caused by erratic rainfall, flooding and high temperatures. it's suffering its worst drought in over 20 years. >> it's a bad season. his harvest has dropped by half because of poor rainfall. >> dry. doesn't look like other years when we had enough rain.
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you can see the stock, it's not as big as it should be. >> this is the worst drought he has seen in 20 years. he's due to start planting maze in a couple of months. but this year the soil may be too dry to do that. >> you can't even cover the cost of planting and doing other stuff. [indiscernible] it mean as lot. >> it's not only farmers, livestock farmers rely on grain to feed their animals. with demand outstripping supply, they are feeling the pinch of rising grain prices. in the last year alone the price of grain has risen by more than 50% due to drought and a fluctuating local currency. cattle farmers have to improvise to make sure their livestock survive the lack of water.
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>> translator: more watt tore drink during winter time. you need money to put diesel in a tractor. >> reporter: the conditions have caused the maze production to fall by more than 5 million tons. >> the biggest problem is they have lost half of the maze crop. they haven't got enough money to plant for next year. finance is a big problem for the farmers. and they haven't got enough assets to go to a bank to say listen, help me. >> usually a net exporter, south africa may have to import up to 750,000 tons of maze to feed the country this year. still, several southern african nations rely on south africa for up to 80% of their maze imports. >> neighboring countries have to buy maze at a much higher price because we link to the
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international market. if there is a drought, there is not enough, it pushes up our process. >> while those countries receive most of their supply, it's added additional pressure on an already struggling south african maze industry. >> thousands of dead fish have washed up on a river bank near the site of last week's explosion near tianjin. the government denies it's caused by chemicals from the blast. officials say tests for the chemical were negative. police in denmark released surveillance video as part of a global search for two art thieves. the man with the broken nose, was stolen from a copenhagen music in july. a security camera picture showed two men taking it in broad
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daylight. it's worth $300,000. a british street artist unveiled his first show in six years. he convertedded a swimming pool into a thought provoking art, dismal land. >> the castle looks vaguely familiar. the attractions are reminiscent of the british seaside. but the creators say this is a family theme park unsuitable for children. the themes there between the comic and dark and thought provoking. closer examination of a vast model town reveals to show the aftermath of a civil emergency. in another room, the grim reaper rides a cart with upbeat music. the radio controlled toy boats
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are models of stricken migrant ships with no hope of reaching land. theme parks should have bigger themes. >> when it comes to the bigger household name artist, he tends to be the one who really is sticking his neck out for a political message. i think a lot more so than a lot of artists on his caliber. i think what's interesting, especially here, eventually brought a lot of artists who are political, people don't know about, to bring them into the conversation. >> there are works here from damian hearse. locals were told it was being used as a hollywood film set. but local residents were given exclusive access. the reaction has been positive. >> i have been around quite a
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bit. surreal is the opening word for it. some of the rides were scary to go on, they are about to fall apart. >> it's gone downhill. tropicana is gone. >> he mate his name with stencil art on the occupied palestinian territories. his last big u.k. show in 2009 was a smash hit and dismal land is expected to dramassive crowds here. the shooting gallery which has been shot to bits to the migrant folks, this is more than a financial shot in the arm for a rundown seaside resort, it's a commentary on commercialism and celebrity. it's an interactive exhibition. it requires the exhibition of
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